In a pioneering move, Amazon has launched its global last mile fleet program in India, introducing an entire fleet of 100% electric vehicles (EVs). This marks a significant milestone for the e-commerce giant as it becomes the first country to implement such a program.
The initiative is designed to cater to Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners (DSPs), allowing them to lease a specialized fleet of three-wheeler EVs through a fleet management company. These electric vehicles have been tailor-made for Amazon’s delivery operations, offering zero-emission transportation that prioritizes safety and efficiency.
Notably, the program extends beyond providing electric vehicles. Amazon is committed to supporting DSPs in various aspects, including maintenance, charging, and parking of these EVs. The vehicles themselves come equipped with advanced safety features, ensuring the well-being of Amazon’s delivery partners and the communities they serve. Furthermore, the data generated by these vehicles allows Amazon to optimize its deliveries for safety and punctuality.
Amazon’s move in India aligns with its global sustainability goals, which include achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. Abhinav Singh, VP of Operations at Amazon India, emphasized the significance of this initiative: “By launching the last mile fleet program with an all-electric fleet in India, we help our delivery service partners decarbonize with us. We’re delighted that India is the first country where we are able to do this.”
In the initial phase of the program, Amazon has introduced Mahindra Zor Grand three-wheeler EVs, specially enhanced for last mile deliveries. These vehicles boast impressive capabilities, including speeds of up to 50 km/h and a range of over 100 km on a single charge, all while producing zero emissions. They are also equipped with telematics and safety technology for real-time performance monitoring and safety enhancements, such as digital rear-view cameras.
Suman Mishra, MD and CEO of Mahindra Last Mile Mobility, expressed excitement about the partnership, noting the potential for improved air quality and reduced driver fatigue: “With zero tailpipe emissions and reliability at the core, our Mahindra Zor Grand will not only enhance cargo delivery efficiency but also contribute to improved air quality and lower driver fatigue.”
Amazon’s commitment to electrifying its fleet is evident, with over 6,000 electric vehicles already deployed for package deliveries in more than 400 cities across India. The company is on track to reach its goal of having 10,000 electric vehicles in its Indian fleet by 2025.
This initiative also falls in line with The Climate Pledge, co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism, which recently pledged $10 million to C40 Cities for the launch of Laneshift. This plan aims to reimagine zero-emission freight shipping in major cities in Latin America and India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Pune.
Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program, which empowers entrepreneurs to establish last mile delivery businesses with comprehensive support, technology, and services, has played a pivotal role in Amazon’s expansion and sustainability efforts in India and beyond